Caterpillar teams recently collaborated to develop the new Cat scrap handling machine, the MH3049, part of the MH3000 series material handlers. In January, representatives from the Caterpillar Industrial & Waste Group held a week of product training with Rail Division employees at the Albertville, Ala., Recycling Yard. Following the training, a Rail Division employee at the Albertville Recycling Yard used the MH3049 at the yard over a three-month period and provided feedback to the Industrial & Waste Group on how to improve the machine. Cat® dealer Thompson Tractor also provided support by dedicating a mechanic, who performed maintenance on the machine and made technical adjustments resulting from the feedback.
Prior to the product launch on April 1, the Industrial & Waste Group, Progress Rail and Cat Work Tools also participated in study of Cat orange peel grapples attached to the MH3049, with three full days running the machine and studying the product quality, reliability, safety, etc. The data and results from this study will drive future improvements of Cat Work Tools and material handler system integration.
A New Product Improvement (NPI) interim update will be held later this year, where the Industrial & Waste Group will incorporate numerous suggestions from the Rail Division team. Due to the success of this project, the Albertville yard will be used to test a field-follow machine in June and July.
With an operating weight of 111,000 pounds (50,349 kg), the MH3049 is the first of several new wheeled material handlers that Caterpillar will introduce in the greater-than-25-tons class. The new Cat material handlers are purpose-built to work productively and durably in industrial, scrap recycling and waterway applications, while affording maximum protection and convenience for the operator.